Georgia school suspends Black students for planned protest against Confederate flag

Students called out administrators for allowing white students to participate in a racially targeted demonstration

By Brad Reed
Published October 13, 2021 5:00AM (EDT)
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(Getty/Enrique Ramos Lopez)

This article originally appeared on Raw Story

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Several Black students at the Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia say they've been suspended simply for planning a protest against the Confederate flag.

Local news station CBS 46 reports that many students at the school were upset last week when a group of white students came to school brandishing the Confederate flag while hurling racial slurs.

However, the school quickly jumped in to clamp down on a potential protest against the flag and suspended the students who organized it.

A recording obtained by CBS 46 reveals a high school administrator announced that the protest would not be allowed over the intercom system last week.

"The administration is aware of tomorrow's planned protest," the administrator said. "Police will be present here at school and if students insist on encouraging this kind of activity they will be disciplined for encouraging unrest."

Student organizer Jaylynn Murray told CBS 46 that the school shouldn't allow students to brandish the Confederate flag, especially since it doesn't allow them to wear Black Lives Matter apparel.

"I feel the confederate flag should not be flown at all. It is a racist symbol and it makes me feel disrespected," she said.

Watch CBS 46's report on the student protests below.


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